George Herbert Walker Bush was the 41st president of the United States. He flew combat missions in World War II. This is part of a letter he wrote his five children before the start of the Gulf War in which he discussed the phrase.
“Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech.
Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men.
Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression.
Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts.”
“Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.”
Baha’u’llah, The Baha’i World Faith
“If you give birth to the genius within you, it will free you. If you do not give birth to the genius within you,
it will destroy you.”
Jesus, The Gnostic Gospel of Thomas